American Rescue Plan Act

ARPA Funding Objectives

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control.
  • Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs.
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses.
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic.

ARPA Resources

Maine Municipal Association’s ARPA page is a curated resource area with the most up-to-date information. Over time it will evolve into “buckets” for information specific to the four funding objectives. 

Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan  - The $4.5 billion investment in Maine from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) is an unprecedented opportunity to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the lives and livelihoods of Maine people, to make investments in solving Maine’s long-term challenges, to develop strategies for new opportunities, and to strengthen our state for years to come.

U.S. Department of Treasury Quick Reference Guide  

Local Allocations in the American Rescue Plan, National League of Cities

ARPA Local Relief Frequently Asked Questions, National League of Cities

EDA Build Back Better Funding Program - EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

EDA's  American Rescue Plan Program Resources

Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

American Rescue Plan funding enables EDA to provide larger, more transformational investments across the nation while utilizing its greatest strengths, including flexible funding to support community-led economic development. With an emphasis on equity, EDA investments made under the American Rescue Plan will directly benefit previously underserved communities impacted by COVID-19.

EDA is making this funding available through a series of six innovative challenges. Click here for full program details. 

  1.  Build Back Better Regional Challenge
  2.  Good Jobs Challenge
  3.  Economic Adjustment Assistance
  4.  Indigenous Communities
  5.  Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
  6.  Statewide Planning, Research and Networks